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A Legacy of support

Partnering to support rural community members’ health and well-being

About Northeast Dutchess Immigrant Services 

Since its founding in 2005, Northeast Dutchess Immigrant Services (formerly Grace Immigrant Outreach) has been an integral community resource. Serving the rural towns of Pine Plains, Amenia, Stanfordville, Millbrook and Dover, NEDIS prides itself on connecting members of the local immigrant community with valuable resources from English as a Second Language courses and access to culturally appropriate food to legal consultations and transportation to medical appointments. Additional services, including leadership training and one-on-one mentoring, are available for individuals of all ages.

In keeping with nearly two decades of tradition, NEDIS remains mission-driven to provide a guiding light of support, services, and education for all immigrant communities in northeast Dutchess County.

Our Work with Northeast Dutchess Immigrant Services 

At FCH, we remain champions of Northeast Dutchess Immigrant Services due to our belief in their mission (it’s critical) and the fact that their superpower is their size (it’s small). Historically, diminutive organizations have faced challenges finding funders who not only value what they bring to the table but who also center those assets in their working relationship. Over the years, we have strived to help NEDIS along their journey by meeting them where they are. FCH has included NEDIS in several rounds of general operating funding and most recently as part of a General Operating Support to Direct Service Organizations pilot — based on our experience that nonprofits are more likely to thrive, and remain nimble in responding to the needs of and conditions within the community, with access to unrestricted funds.

We are currently supporting NEDIS through the process of achieving 501(c)3 status by partnering with the New York Council of Nonprofits — whose “Good Causes” initiative has provided fiscal sponsorship to the organization, to date.

“It’s an entire community operation that allows us to do what we do…Without the unsolicited grant from FCH, we would not have been able to purchase culturally appropriate food such as maseca — a flour made from dried corn, used in Guatemala and Mexico — which was not expensive but very hard to find. When the [immigrant] population found out we were providing that, they were so grateful.”

Executive Director Evelyn Garzetta, Northeast Dutchess Immigrant Services